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On 1/11/2020 at 12:25 PM, Brian48 said:

Just came in today.  I'm astounded interest in these early SSOCs, especially the ones with Boris covers are so overlooked and cheap

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They were pretty popular. And would you ever throw that out? Condition is another thing. these were meant to be read and they were read. I heard the same story from multiple shop owners. the conan guys kept their books and usually respected them. not bagging and boarding, per se. in the 80s and early 90s a couple of these collections would walk in a month, some guy who lifted a lot of weights, had been collecting them for 10-20 years, had just moved on from the genre, the wife wanted to de-clutter, etc., so they always had a steady flow of these books, which kept them cheap

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Seems prices are quite strong right now - last night a CoB #1 9.8 ended close to 8k:

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- and #20 ended at 4k - glad I don't have to buy them again!

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Even #1 9.0 has gone beyond 1k:

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That #1 does look quite good though. 

Haven't been following much up on prices lately, maybe it's just me being behind - not going to sell anything anyway, the wife says I lack that gene lol :blush:

Btw, sent in my #1 reading copy a few years ago, and got back this one - but admitted, I never let the kids read it :wink: 

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Unfortunately now I no longer have a reading copy :facepalm:

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28 minutes ago, Rune said:

Was lucky to find and add this book to my collection today - I know the centering isn't good, but it's the single highest graded and has pure white page - and beggars can't be choosers, lol:

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Woo-Hoo! found a few for cheap that appear in nice shape, here and there, but mag's can be so misleading in grade sometimes lol 

That's a great looking book!

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On 2/22/2021 at 10:36 AM, Rune said:

Some of my photos were quite old - just took some new shots of #16, 17, 19 and 20 for my set, but they do get shrunken quite a bit for the set. Here the new pics are in large format - note that these were very hard to find without profound miswrap and with pure white pages:

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 - also got some nice messages for #19-20 from the original owner:

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Beautiful books.The BWS Conan run is in a class by itself.Love the notes from Max.I use to have a few FF slabs I got from him.Wish I had kept them even though they were in the 7 to 8 range.

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On 2/22/2021 at 5:41 PM, StingerMcK said:

I recently started dipping my toes into Conan collecting. I gotta say I have been missing out all these years. Great art and stories. Especially issues of Savage.  I bought these at my LCS to get started:

 

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Yesssss. The art and stories of both Barbarian and Savage Sword Of blow away all other comics in my mind. I've got a pretty large collection with huge runs of the main marvel series like ASM, Hulk, X-men, Iron Man, etc, but Conan books are by far my favorite to read.

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On 3/27/2021 at 12:22 PM, Rune said:

Was lucky to find and add this book to my collection today - I know the centering isn't good, but it's the single highest graded and has pure white page - and beggars can't be choosers, lol:

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that miswrap is a bit jarring on such a perfect book

 

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On 4/7/2021 at 11:25 PM, the blob said:

that miswrap is a bit jarring on such a perfect book

 

Can't have it all, I guess - I do appreciate white pages and when there's just one book, there's nothing to choose from. The miswrap is a reminder of how mags were produced back then, you won't see that among modern books, so you could consider it a feature illustrating production history ;-) Also it has taken about 22 years for CGC to grade just one mag - you risk waiting forever for another copy. Not many may have preserved SSoC #11 in 9.8 condition, this usually takes an adult buying the book in the 1970s and never reading it - kids and teenagers may be very fast getting these mags below 9.0, lol.  

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1 minute ago, Rune said:

Can't have it all, I guess - I do appreciate white pages and when there's just one book, there's nothing to choose from - also it has taken about 22 years for CGC to grade just one mag - you risk waiting forever for another copy. Not many may have preserved SSoC #11 in 9.8 condition, this usually takes an adult buying the book in the 1970s and never reading it - kids and teenager may be very fast getting these mag below 9.0, lol.  

The Savage Swords were loved, true. I'm thinking there weren't many folks buying one to read, 2 to keep in a safe pristine for 45 years.

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Conan 23 or 24? 23s seem to be 15-20% more expensive in the CGC 8.0ish grade I might want, but I like the cover to 24 so much more (I have a VG+ or so copy already though) --- it isn't just great BWS v. very good BWS or Buscema at his best, it is great BWS vs. Gil Kane mailing it in. I don't have 23, is the description of 24 as "first full" accurate, or is she in like half of 23?

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14 minutes ago, the blob said:

Conan 23 or 24? 23s seem to be 15-20% more expensive in the CGC 8.0ish grade I might want, but I like the cover to 24 so much more (I have a VG+ or so copy already though) --- it isn't just great BWS v. very good BWS or Buscema at his best, it is great BWS vs. Gil Kane mailing it in. I don't have 23, is the description of 24 as "first full" accurate, or is she in like half of 23?

You might need both - Sonja starts on page 15 in #23:

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- but clearly the #23 cover totally pales compared to #24. The Sonja art and story are much better in #24, but of course it's not her first appearance. 

From #24:

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